Definition of Relief

1. Noun. The feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced. "As he heard the news he was suddenly flooded with relief"

Exact synonyms: Alleviation, Assuagement
Generic synonyms: Comfort
Derivative terms: Alleviate, Assuage

2. Noun. The condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress). "Getting it off his conscience gave him some ease"
Exact synonyms: Ease
Generic synonyms: Comfort, Comfortableness
Specialized synonyms: Reprieve, Respite
Derivative terms: Ease

3. Noun. (law) redress awarded by a court. "Was the relief supposed to be protection from future harm or compensation for past injury?"
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Generic synonyms: Amends, Damages, Indemnification, Indemnity, Redress, Restitution

4. Noun. Someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult). "We need extra employees for summer fill-ins"

5. Noun. Assistance in time of difficulty. "The contributions provided some relief for the victims"
Exact synonyms: Ministration, Succor, Succour
Generic synonyms: Aid, Assist, Assistance, Help
Specialized synonyms: Comfort, Consolation, Solace, Mercy
Derivative terms: Minister, Succor, Succour

6. Noun. A pause for relaxation. "People actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"
Exact synonyms: Respite, Rest, Rest Period
Generic synonyms: Break, Intermission, Interruption, Pause, Suspension
Specialized synonyms: Breath, Breather, Breathing Place, Breathing Space, Breathing Spell, Breathing Time
Derivative terms: Rest, Rest

7. Noun. A change for the better.
Exact synonyms: Easing, Moderation
Generic synonyms: Alteration, Change, Modification
Specialized synonyms: Disembarrassment, Breath Of Fresh Air
Derivative terms: Ease

8. Noun. Aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped. "He has been on relief for many years"

9. Noun. The act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance). "He asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain"

10. Noun. Sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background.

11. Noun. The act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged. "He asked for troops for the relief of Atlanta"
Generic synonyms: Freeing, Liberation, Release

Definition of Relief

1. n. The act of relieving, or the state of being relieved; the removal, or partial removal, of any evil, or of anything oppressive or burdensome, by which some ease is obtained; succor; alleviation; comfort; ease; redress.

Definition of Relief

1. Noun. the removal of stress or discomfort. ¹

2. Noun. the feeling associated with the removal of stress or discomfort ¹

3. Noun. the person who takes over a shift for another ¹

4. Noun. aid or assistance offered in time of need ¹

5. Noun. (legal) court-ordered compensation, aid, or protection, a redress ¹

6. Noun. tax savings ¹

7. Noun. a type of artwork in which shapes or figures protrude from a flat background ¹

8. Noun. the difference made noticeable by a variation in light or color ¹

9. Noun. the difference of elevations on a surface ¹

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Definition of Relief

1. aid in the form of money or necessities [n -S]

Medical Definition of Relief

1. 1. The act of relieving, or the state of being relieved; the removal, or partial removal, of any evil, or of anything oppressive or burdensome, by which some ease is obtained; succor; alleviation; comfort; ease; redress. "He seec the dire contagion spread so fast, That, where it seizes, all relief is vain." (Dryden) 2. Release from a post, or from the performance of duty, by the intervention of others, by discharge, or by relay; as, a relief of a sentry. "For this relief much thanks;;tis bitter cold." (Shak) 3. That which removes or lessenc evil, pain, discomfort, uneasiness, etc.; that which gives succor, aid, or comfort; also, the person who relieves from performance of duty by taking the place of another; a relay. 4. A fine or composition which the heir of a deceased tenant paid to the lord for the privilege of taking up the estate, which, on strict feudal principles, had lapsed or fallen to the lord on the death of the tenant. 5. The projection of a figure above the ground or plane on wwhich it is formed. Relief is of three kinds, namely, high relief (altorilievo), low relief, (basso-rilievo), and demirelief (mezzo-rilievo). See these terms in the Vocabulary. 6. The appearance of projection given by shading, shadow, etc, to any figure. 7. The height to which works are raised above the bottom of the ditch. 8. The elevations and surface undulations of a country. Relief valve, a valve arranged for relieving pressure of steam, gas, or liquid; an escape valve. Synonym: Alleviation, mitigation, aid, help, succor, assistance, remedy, redress, indemnification. Origin: OE. Relef, F. Relief, properly, a lifting up, a standing out. See Relieve, and cf. Basrelief, Rilievi. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Relief

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1. Journal: 1st-13th Congress . Repr. 14th Congress, 1st Session by United States Congress. House (1819)
"An engrossed bill for the relief of James Mackay, of the territory of Missouri, was read the third time, and the question was stated, Shall it pass? when, ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"It has a lighthouse at an elevation of 212 feet, and three fishing villages. BAS, or BATZ, a French island in the de- BAS-relief, ba're-lef (in Italian, ..."

3. Journal: 1st-13th Congress . Repr. 14th Congress, 1st Session by United States Congress. House (1851)
"A bill for the relief of the heirs-at-law of Colonel David Hopkins; HR 200. ... A bill to amend an act entitled "An act for the relief of Frederick ..."

4. The Lancet (1898)
"THE LANCET relief FUND. NINTH ANNUAL REPORT OF THE ALMONERS. THE LANCET relief Fund, which has for its Almoners the President of the Royal College of ..."

5. The Law Reports by John Fraser Macqueen, Great Britain Parliament. House of Lords (1869)
"The 68th section gives the occasional poor the same right to relief as that which is given to the permanent poor. The proviso, indeed, declares that the ..."

6. Laws of the United States of a Local Or Temporary Character: And Exhibiting by United States (1880)
"Alabama Territory organized out of eastern part of Mississippi 555 Archer, RT, for relief of 574 Armed occupation. President to take possession of territory ..."

7. The Social Welfare Forum: Official Proceedings ... Annual Forum by National Conference on Social Welfare, American Social Science Association, Conference of Charities (U.S., Conference of Charities (U.S.), National Conference of Social Work (U.S. (1885)
"It thus appears that the abolition of out-door relief instead of increasing the expenditure for in-door relief, as the advocates of out-door relief claim, ..."

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